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Perkins Coie had Seth Rich laptop why?, DNC Hillary Clinton et al legal counsel, Redacted email reveals turned over to FBI

Perkins Coie had Seth Rich laptop why?, DNC Hillary Clinton et al legal counsel, Redacted email reveals turned over to FBI

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

From a recently released redacted FBI email we learn that Perkins Coie, legal counsel to the DNC, Hillary Clinton et al, provided a copy of Seth Rich’s laptop to the FBI.

Why did they have it?

SethRichLaptopPerkinCoie

https://vault.fbi.gov/seth-rich/seth-rich-part-01-of-01/view

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From Diana West July 9, 2021.

Why Did Perkins Coie Have a Copy of Seth Rich’s Laptop?

One of the top weapons in the arsenal of deception is time. Big Lies + Time = False Narrative. Batter the truth long enough and there comes that point after which a smoking gun and other evidence matter little more than any other point of argument, perhaps to be won, yes, but to be savored only as the emptiest of victories. Or, rather, the loneliest of victories. The train has left the station and there are just a few stragglers on the platform to notice.

Certainly, this is the case with the excruciatingly slow extraction of the truth around the murder of Seth Rich and the efforts to hide and distort it by Surveillance Police State Media Complex for the past five years. Thanks in large part to the dogged efforts of plaintiff Ed Butowski, his lawyer Ty Clevenger, Judicial Watch and to the big fat mouths of Michael Isikoff, Ellen Ratner and Deborah Sines, we have more basic information about the FBI, Mueller team and US Attorney investigations and cover-up of the Seth Rich affair.

For several crucial years, the FBI denied investigating Seth Rich at all; for several crucial years, the FBI denied having any documents related to any such investigation; for several crucial years the FBI denied having possession of Seth Rich’s laptop. We now know the FBI lied about every one of these things, and so many more.

But this train left the station so long ago there isn’t even a station anymore. But to pick up the tracks …

Deborah Sines was an assistant US attorney assigned to be the lead prosecutor in the Seth Rich muder case. Her post-retirement interview with Michael Isikoff for his podcast “Conspiracyland” added to our understanding of the cover-up, as refined in a deposition conducted by Ty Clevenger.

As Gateway Pundit’s Joe Hoft summarized:

Sines discussed her comments that she gave to Michael Isikoff (noted below) and confirmed that they were true but then states that she should not have said those things and she would not be able to provide more information on the statements.  She confirmed that the FBI did examine Seth Rich’s computer and that she met with an FBI Agent and a prosecutor from the Mueller gang.

The truth, battered for years, will out.

This indicates that there should be a form 302 floating around with information from the discussion with the FBI and Mueller gang and also it confirms that Mueller did not mention this in his report.

A new “declassification” of heavily censored (“redacted”) Seth Rich documents (which, as noted above, the FBI crucial years denying they even possessed) does seem to include a write-up of this meeting titled “Sensitive Matter – Meeting with AUSA [Assistant US Attorney].”

The meeting took place on March 15, 2018 at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia between an FBI special agent, an AUSA, likely Sines, and an attorney with Mueller’s Special Counsel office, Heather Alperino. A trifecta of cover-up.”

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Seth Rich murder 5 year anniversary July 10 and FBI still stalling, Huddleston v FBI motion for In Camera review denied as premature, Attorney Clevenger: “why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”

Seth Rich murder 5 year anniversary July 10 and FBI still stalling, Huddleston v FBI motion for In Camera review denied as premature, Attorney Clevenger: “why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

From Huddleston v FBI July 6, 2021.

“Plaintiff requests that the Court conduct an in camera review of “all responsive documents”
in unredacted form (Dkt. #28 at p. 16). But as Defendants point out in response, “the production
phase is ongoing, and the briefing phase of the case has not begun or even been scheduled” (Dkt.
#30 at p. 2). See Juarez v. Dep’t of Justice, 518 F.3d 54, 60 (D.C. Cir. 2008) (finding in camera
review “unnecessary” when the agency’s affidavits “sufficiently describe the documents and set
forth proper reasons for invoking an exemption”). As such, Plaintiff’s request is premature. Upon
completion of Defendants’ production, the parties may meet and confer to discuss the details of a
scheduling order for the briefing phase of the litigation, if necessary. But until then, Plaintiff’s
request for in camera review is improper at this time.”

https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txed.197917/gov.uscourts.txed.197917.32.0.pdf

From Citizen Wells May 9, 2021.

“From Huddleston v FBI May 7, 2021.

“MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER. It is therefore ORDERED that Defendants’ Second Motion to Stay Scheduling Order Deadlines (Dkt. [21]) is hereby GRANTED. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the Scheduling Order in this case is amended as follows: April 23, 2021 First Production, May 24, 2021 Second Production, June 24, 2021 Third Production, July 24, 2021 Final Production. Signed by District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III on 5/7/2021. (filed: 05/07/2021)”

https://www.docketbird.com/court-cases/Huddleston-v-Federal-Bureau-of-Investigation/txed-4:2020-cv-00447

The FBI has been given until July 24, 2021 to produce all records related to Seth Rich.

That will be over 5 years after his murder.

From Citizen Wells April 24, 2021.

From Attorney Ty Clevenger April 23, 2021.

“This afternoon the FBI finally released records about murdered DNC employee Seth Rich and the 2016 theft of Democratic National Committee emails that were later published by Wikileaks. Those documents provide new information, but generally raise more questions than answers.

Of 576 relevant pages identified by the FBI, only 68 were produced, and most of those 68 pages are heavily redacted. They reference Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, Donald Trump, Jr., Jay Sekulow, and Jerome Corsi, among others.

I haven’t had time to thoroughly review the documents, but here are a few things that stand out:

  • On page 64, a November 11, 2017 memo from FBI’s Boston Field Office is almost completely redacted, but the last sentence reads as follows: “Given _________, it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”
  • A witness interview form begins on page 65, and it appears to be the interview of former Asst. U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines, the prosecutor assigned to the Seth Rich murder case. [Continued on p.2]

Page 66 of that interview reads as follows: ““After the homicide, ____ took Rich’s personal laptop to his house in ____. ____ was not aware of if _____ deleted or changed anything on Rich’s laptop.” I suspect this is referring to Aaron Rich, brother of Seth, and it begs a question: why would a private citizen be allowed to carry away evidence relevant to a murder investigation? Why was this not immediately given to the police rather than taken to somebody’s house? And the government is not aware of whether this private citizen deleted anything from the laptop? That seems like an important thing to figure out.”

“I reported last December that the NSA was withholding records about Seth Rich, and my inside source tells me it’s more than 32 pages. Regardless of the number of pages, I think we can piece together what happened. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the NSA intercepts and stores virtually every electronic communication in or out of the United States. The agency is supposed to store all of that information without looking at it, and the data is supposed to be mined only upon request from an authorized entity.

I suspect Robert Mueller’s staff asked the NSA to mine the data for communications between Seth Rich (possibly Aaron Rich) and Wikileaks, and I suspect the NSA provided 32 pages of responsive records to Mueller. Now both agencies want to hide the contents of those 32 pages. Why?

If you’re discouraged by all of the redactions and withheld pages, don’t be. I plan to ask U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant to review unredacted copies of all of these documents to determine whether information is improperly being withheld. Judge Mazzant is a straight shooter, and I suspect he will grant my request.”

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Seth Rich records release FBI given until July 24, 2021, Over 5 years since Rich was murdered, Huddleston v FBI, “Given _________, it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”

Seth Rich records release FBI given until July 24, 2021, Over 5 years since Rich was murdered, Huddleston v FBI, “Given _________, it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

From Huddleston v FBI May 7, 2021.

“MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER. It is therefore ORDERED that Defendants’ Second Motion to Stay Scheduling Order Deadlines (Dkt. [21]) is hereby GRANTED. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the Scheduling Order in this case is amended as follows: April 23, 2021 First Production, May 24, 2021 Second Production, June 24, 2021 Third Production, July 24, 2021 Final Production. Signed by District Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III on 5/7/2021. (filed: 05/07/2021)”

https://www.docketbird.com/court-cases/Huddleston-v-Federal-Bureau-of-Investigation/txed-4:2020-cv-00447

The FBI has been given until July 24, 2021 to produce all records related to Seth Rich.

That will be over 5 years after his murder.

From Citizen Wells April 24, 2021.

From Attorney Ty Clevenger April 23, 2021.

“This afternoon the FBI finally released records about murdered DNC employee Seth Rich and the 2016 theft of Democratic National Committee emails that were later published by Wikileaks. Those documents provide new information, but generally raise more questions than answers.

Of 576 relevant pages identified by the FBI, only 68 were produced, and most of those 68 pages are heavily redacted. They reference Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, Donald Trump, Jr., Jay Sekulow, and Jerome Corsi, among others.

I haven’t had time to thoroughly review the documents, but here are a few things that stand out:

  • On page 64, a November 11, 2017 memo from FBI’s Boston Field Office is almost completely redacted, but the last sentence reads as follows: “Given _________, it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”
  • A witness interview form begins on page 65, and it appears to be the interview of former Asst. U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines, the prosecutor assigned to the Seth Rich murder case. [Continued on p.2]

Page 66 of that interview reads as follows: ““After the homicide, ____ took Rich’s personal laptop to his house in ____. ____ was not aware of if _____ deleted or changed anything on Rich’s laptop.” I suspect this is referring to Aaron Rich, brother of Seth, and it begs a question: why would a private citizen be allowed to carry away evidence relevant to a murder investigation? Why was this not immediately given to the police rather than taken to somebody’s house? And the government is not aware of whether this private citizen deleted anything from the laptop? That seems like an important thing to figure out.”

“I reported last December that the NSA was withholding records about Seth Rich, and my inside source tells me it’s more than 32 pages. Regardless of the number of pages, I think we can piece together what happened. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the NSA intercepts and stores virtually every electronic communication in or out of the United States. The agency is supposed to store all of that information without looking at it, and the data is supposed to be mined only upon request from an authorized entity.

I suspect Robert Mueller’s staff asked the NSA to mine the data for communications between Seth Rich (possibly Aaron Rich) and Wikileaks, and I suspect the NSA provided 32 pages of responsive records to Mueller. Now both agencies want to hide the contents of those 32 pages. Why?

If you’re discouraged by all of the redactions and withheld pages, don’t be. I plan to ask U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant to review unredacted copies of all of these documents to determine whether information is improperly being withheld. Judge Mazzant is a straight shooter, and I suspect he will grant my request.”

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Seth Rich records released in Huddleston v FBI April 23, 2021, 68 heavily redacted pages out of 576 produced, Attorney Ty Clevenger on laptop taken: “I suspect this is referring to Aaron Rich”

Seth Rich records released in Huddleston v FBI April 23, 2021, 68 heavily redacted pages out of 576 produced, Attorney Ty Clevenger on laptop taken: “I suspect this is referring to Aaron Rich”

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

From Attorney Ty Clevenger April 23, 2021.

“This afternoon the FBI finally released records about murdered DNC employee Seth Rich and the 2016 theft of Democratic National Committee emails that were later published by Wikileaks. Those documents provide new information, but generally raise more questions than answers.

Of 576 relevant pages identified by the FBI, only 68 were produced, and most of those 68 pages are heavily redacted. They reference Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, Donald Trump, Jr., Jay Sekulow, and Jerome Corsi, among others.

I haven’t had time to thoroughly review the documents, but here are a few things that stand out:

  • On page 64, a November 11, 2017 memo from FBI’s Boston Field Office is almost completely redacted, but the last sentence reads as follows: “Given _________, it is conceivable that an individual or group would want to pay for his death.”
  • A witness interview form begins on page 65, and it appears to be the interview of former Asst. U.S. Attorney Deborah Sines, the prosecutor assigned to the Seth Rich murder case. [Continued on p.2]

Page 66 of that interview reads as follows: ““After the homicide, ____ took Rich’s personal laptop to his house in ____. ____ was not aware of if _____ deleted or changed anything on Rich’s laptop.” I suspect this is referring to Aaron Rich, brother of Seth, and it begs a question: why would a private citizen be allowed to carry away evidence relevant to a murder investigation? Why was this not immediately given to the police rather than taken to somebody’s house? And the government is not aware of whether this private citizen deleted anything from the laptop? That seems like an important thing to figure out.”

“I reported last December that the NSA was withholding records about Seth Rich, and my inside source tells me it’s more than 32 pages. Regardless of the number of pages, I think we can piece together what happened. Thanks to Edward Snowden, we know that the NSA intercepts and stores virtually every electronic communication in or out of the United States. The agency is supposed to store all of that information without looking at it, and the data is supposed to be mined only upon request from an authorized entity.

I suspect Robert Mueller’s staff asked the NSA to mine the data for communications between Seth Rich (possibly Aaron Rich) and Wikileaks, and I suspect the NSA provided 32 pages of responsive records to Mueller. Now both agencies want to hide the contents of those 32 pages. Why?

If you’re discouraged by all of the redactions and withheld pages, don’t be. I plan to ask U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant to review unredacted copies of all of these documents to determine whether information is improperly being withheld. Judge Mazzant is a straight shooter, and I suspect he will grant my request.”

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Seth Rich update FBI sat on laptop, Attorney Clevenger: ” I’m increasingly convinced ….Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham were double agents”, Jan 14, 2021

Seth Rich update FBI sat on laptop, Attorney Clevenger: ” I’m increasingly convinced ….Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham were double agents”, Jan 14, 2021

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

 

From Attorney Ty Clevenger January 14, 2021.

“The Central Intelligence Agency will neither confirm nor deny that it fabricated the Russian “fingerprints” in Democratic National Committee emails published in 2016 by Wikileaks and “Guccifer 2.0,” and the FBI implicitly acknowledged today that it never reviewed the contents of DNC employee Seth Rich’s laptop despite gaining custody of the laptop after his murder.

The revelations came in two separate Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by my clients in the Eastern District of Texas. For those of you who live under a rock, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange strongly implied in a 2016 interview that the leaked DNC emails came from Mr. Rich, while the political / bureaucratic / media establishment has steadfastly maintained that the emails were hacked by agents of Russia.

The latest admissions blow a hole in the government / media narrative, suggesting that federal officials not only ignored Seth Rich’s role in the leaks, but fraudulently shifted the blame to Russia.

In The Transparency Project v. Department of Justice, et al., my client asked to see records indicating whether the CIA or its Directorate of Digital Innovation, its contractors, etc. inserted Russian “fingerprints” into the metadata of the emails that were released publicly. (You can review the entire request by clicking here and reading Paragraph 11).”

“I don’t know why I didn’t realize it at the time, but the FBI was telling me that it had no idea what was on Seth Rich’s computer, and that’s because the FBI had never looked at his computer.

If, as we are told, Mr. Rich was killed in a “botched robbery” that was only investigated by local police, then why would the FBI take custody of his laptop? And why would the FBI take custody of evidence and then never review it? (Maybe we should ask Hunter Biden, as I suspect his laptop was kept on the same shelf as Seth’s.)

You may recall from my December 9, 2020 post that former Attorney General Bill Barr and Special Counsel John Durham steadfastly refused to consider any information about Seth Rich. The whole subject was arbitrarily off limits, and I’m increasingly convinced that’s because Mr. Barr and Mr. Durham were double agents. They convinced President Trump that they were aggressively pursuing the “Russian collusion” hoax, but in reality they were just running out the clock.”

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Seth Rich update part 2, Huddleston v FBI filed Dec 30, 2020 by Attorney Ty Clevenger, “acted in the utmost bad faith” 3 years, Who or what is FBI protecting?

Seth Rich update part 2, Huddleston v FBI filed Dec 30, 2020 by Attorney Ty Clevenger, “acted in the utmost bad faith” 3 years, Who or what is FBI protecting?

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

 

Yesterday we presented “show stopper” evidence from Attorney Ty Clevenger.

“The National Security Agency is hiding records about murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, according to one of my sources, who informed me yesterday that the records are classified as a special access program (the highest level of classification) because they include intercepted communications between Mr. Rich and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.”

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Something else very important happened yesterday.

Filed by Attorney Ty Clevenger December 30, 2020.

Brian Huddleston v FBI

PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION TO MOTION TO STAY

“Under normal circumstances, the Plaintiff would not oppose an extension of time to respond to document requests. These are not, however, normal circumstances. As set forth below, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) has acted in the utmost bad faith over a period of three years, going so far as perpetrate frauds on two federal courts. The Plaintiff therefore urges the Court to grant the Defendants significantly less time than they requested, and he further moves the Court to order the Defendants to explain the reasons for their delay.”

“The timing of Mr. Rich’s murder, and the fact that he worked for the DNC,
quickly led to suspicions that his murder might be connected to the transfer of thousands of DNC emails to Wikileaks. Id. The publication of those emails upended the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, id., and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange strongly inferred that the emails were obtained from Mr. Rich. See “Julian Assange on Seth Rich,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kp7FkLBRpKg. Mr. Assange’s claim contradicted the narrative promoted by the FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, i.e., that “Russian hackers” were responsible for obtaining and transferring the DNC emails to Wikileaks, and Mr. Assange’s claim is controversial even now.”

“Argument
When Mr. Huddleston submitted his FOIA request on April 9, 2020, he did not
give the FBI the option of playing dumb. As the Court can see from Mr. Huddleston’s letter (Doc. No. 3, internal exhibit 1), he expressly referenced the laptop as well as the correspondence about Mr. Rich that the FBI had accidentally released from the Washington Field Office. Now, after more than three years of delay and deception, the FBI has finally admitted that it has thousands of records pertaining to Mr. Rich, not to mention his laptop, yet it asks this Court to delay matters even further. The Defendants
purport to ask this Court for a three-month stay, but in reality they are asking this court for an indefinite delay. According to the Court’s October 23, 2010 Scheduling Order (Doc. No. 9), the Defendants’ production was due two days ago, yet the Defendants ask the Court to wait three months before even deciding when document production should begin.

Given the FBI’s long history of deception and bad faith, the Court should not
countenance vague and open-ended requests for additional time. If there is an FBI report about communications between Seth Rich and Wikileaks, then the FBI should be able to locate that report immediately. The FBI should be ordered to produce any such report within seven days of the Court’s order, which should give the agency enough time to make redactions (the parties can fight over the redactions later). Furthermore, the FBI should begin a rolling production of responsive materials not later than January 29, 2021, to be completed not later than March 31, 2021. The Plaintiff primarily is interested in records indicating whether Seth Rich played a role in leaking DNC emails to Wikileaks.
Accordingly, the FBI should be directed to focus its initial efforts on such records. Finally, the FBI official responsible for this matter should be directed to explain under oath why the search has taken so long and why the agency needs additional time. ”

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https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txed.197917/gov.uscourts.txed.197917.11.0.pdf

Who or what is the FBI protecting?

Hillary Clinton?

And where was Attorney General Barr?

 

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Seth Rich update Dec 30, 2020, NSA hiding records between Seth Rich and Julian Assange, Intercepted communications between Rich and Assange

Seth Rich update Dec 30, 2020, NSA hiding records between Seth Rich and Julian Assange, Intercepted communications between Rich and Assange

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

 

From Attorney Ty Clevenger December 30, 2020.

“National Security Agency hiding communications between Seth Rich and Julian Assange

The National Security Agency is hiding records about murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, according to one of my sources, who informed me yesterday that the records are classified as a special access program (the highest level of classification) because they include intercepted communications between Mr. Rich and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Meanwhile, I’ve been authorized to release the transcript of a July 15, 2020 deposition of Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Sy Hersh, wherein Mr. Hersh is forced to admit that he did speak with a senior intelligence official about an FBI report about Mr. Rich and Wikileaks. That contradicts much of what Mr. Hersh has said publicly since early 2017 (more on that below).

As my regular readers know, Mr. Rich was murdered in Washington, D.C. on July 10, 2016, and shortly thereafter Wikileaks published thousands of DNC emails that were very embarrassing to then-Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. On August 9, 2016, Mr. Assange intimated that the DNC emails were obtained from Mr. Rich, not Russian hackers.

If you doubt my source, recall that three weeks ago — after three years of denials — the FBI was finally forced to admit that it had thousands of records about Mr. Rich, as well as his laptop. Meanwhile, virtually no one in official Washington has lifted a finger to help.

On May 7, 2020, for example, I sent a letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell asking him to de-classify the NSA’s records about Mr. Rich, and I copied the letter to Republican Senators Chuck Grassley, Lindsey Graham, and Ron Johnson, as well as Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Mr. Grenell left office shortly thereafter, so I sent it with a cover letter to current Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on June 2, 2020.

To date, no one has responded to the letter. Absolutely no one. And for reasons that I do not yet fully understand, none of the Republicans in Congress (or even in the Trump Administration) are willing to go anywhere near the subject of Seth Rich. It’s like the last bus stop before Pizzagate (maybe I need to start looking into that, too).”

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Seth Rich update Dec 17, 2020 Huddleston v FBI, FBI requests 3 more months after sitting on laptop over 4 years, Attorney Ty Clevenger update, No botched robbery

Seth Rich update Dec 17, 2020 Huddleston v FBI, FBI requests 3 more months after sitting on laptop over 4 years, Attorney Ty Clevenger update, No botched robbery

“And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”...Attorney Ty Clevenger

“They found, what he had done, he [Seth Rich] had submitted a series of documents, emails from DNC — and, by the way, all this shit about the DNC, you know, was it a ‘hack’ or wasn’t it a ‘hack’ — whatever happened, it was the Democrats themselves wrote this shit, you know what I mean? All I know is that, he offered a sample, he sends a sample, you know, I am sure dozens of emails, and said ‘I want money’. Later Wikileaks did get the password [SETH RICH DID SELL WIKILEAKS ACCESS INTO HIS COMPUTER.] He had a drop-box, a [password-]protected drop-box, which isn’t hard to do.”…Seymour Hersh

” So why would a “street robbery” investigation need to be classified?”…Attorney Ty Clevenger July 22, 2020

 

What do Seth Rich and Hunter Biden have in common?

They both had their laptops sat on by the FBI delaying investigations which could have impacted the 2020 elections.

Huddleston v FBI 

Filed June 1, 2020.

“5. On April 9, 2020, the Plaintiff submitted a FOIA request to the FBI via
facsimile. A true and correct copy of that FOIA request is attached as Exhibit 1 and incorporated herein by reference. The Plaintiff requested the opportunity to view the following:
All data, documents, records, or communications (electronic or otherwise) created or obtained since January 1, 2016 that discuss or reference Seth Rich or Aaron Rich. This would include, but is not limited to, all data, documents, records, or communications in the Washington Field Office, Computer Analysis Response Team (“CART”), and any other “cyber” unit within the FBI.

All data, documents, records, or communications regarding any person or entity’s attempt to hack into Seth Rich’s electronic or internet accounts (e.g., email) after his death.

All data downloaded from all electronic devices that belonged to Seth Rich as well as all data, documents, records or communications indicating how the devices were obtained and who was responsible for downloading the information.

All data, documents, communications, records or other evidence indicating
whether Seth Rich, Aaron Rich, or any other person or persons were involved in
transferring data from the Democratic National Committee to Wikileaks in 2016,
either directly or through intermediaries. This request includes, but is not limited to, any reports from CrowdStrike, Inc. that were obtained by the FBI while assisting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.”

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https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txed.197917/gov.uscourts.txed.197917.1.0.pdf

From Attorney Ty Clevenger December 9, 2020.

“FBI changes story, finally admits it has thousands of pages of documents about Seth Rich

After three years of claiming that it could not find any records about murdered Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich, the FBI admitted today that it has thousands of pages of information about him, further admitting that it has custody of his laptop.

So what changed between then and now? Here’s an excerpt from the email that I received this morning from an attorney representing the FBI against my client, Brian Huddleston, in Huddleston v. FBI, Case No. 4:20-CV-00447 (E.D. Tex.):

FBI has completed the initial search identifying approximately 50 cross-reference serials, with attachments totaling over 20,000 pages, in which Seth Rich is mentioned.  FBI has also located leads that indicate additional potential records that require further searching.  At this time, FBI anticipates processing  only the pages where Seth Rich is mentioned, along with perhaps another page or two in each situation to provide context.  The issue right now with this batch of documents is the amount of labor required to ingest all of the material so that the responsive pages will, first, be in a page format, secondly, can be identified from among the thousands of non-responsive pages, and finally, be processed.

FBI is also currently working on getting the files from Seth Rich’s personal laptop into a format to be reviewed.   As you can imagine, there are thousands of files of many types.  The goal right now is to describe, generally, the types of files/personal information contained in this computer.  Furthermore, the FBI will continue to evaluate the responsiveness of these files under the FOIA.”

And why is Fox News working so hard to kill this story? I wish I could say more “about Fox’s behind-the-scenes treachery — and someday hopefully I will — but rest assured that Malia Zimmerman’s May 17, 2017 story about Mr. Rich was fully vetted by senior Fox management. I repeatedly encouraged Fox’s attorneys to postpone settlement discussions with Seth Rich’s parents until I obtained the FBI records (my client, Ed Butowsky, was a co-defendant with Fox), but Fox was hellbent on settling the case in October / November. That’s around the time Rupert Murdoch publicly joined forces with Joe Biden. Fox had a very strong defense, yet it rolled over and played dead, settling the lawsuit and then firing Ms. Zimmerman. Sooner or later, the full story will come out, and it will be very ugly for Fox News and the Murdoch family.”

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https://lawflog.com/?p=2410&page=2

Huddleston v FBI 

DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO STAY SCHEDULING ORDER DEADLINES

Filed December 16, 2020.

“In summary, FBI has made significant progress in the search, but there is still
much work that lies ahead, including (1) processing the approximately 50 crossreferences (with thousands of pages to ingest and sort through), (2) undertaking some level of review of the personal laptop, and (3) completing all remaining searches. Unfortunately, these efforts are hampered by FBI FOIA office’s reduction to a 50% staffing posture due to Covid. [Exhibit A: Declaration of Michael G. Seidel].”

“In light of the status of the searches and the work left to be done, Defendants
propose an additional three months to complete the tasks described in Section II, up to and including March 29, 2021. At that time, Defendants will provide the Court with an updated search status and propose a production schedule.”

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https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.txed.197917/gov.uscourts.txed.197917.10.0.pdf

The FBI sat on Seth Rich’s laptop for 4 1/2 years and now they want 3 more months.

Barr retirement is a good thing.

 

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Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr. Seth Rich article kept alive in Rich v Butowsky, Roger Aronoff affidavit filed October 9, 2020, Aronoff did not write article

Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr. Seth Rich article kept alive in Rich v Butowsky, Roger Aronoff affidavit filed October 9, 2020, Aronoff did not write article

“The left, the Democrats, the Deep State. Obama holdovers employing high powered law firms and corrupt judges have done their best to hide and obfuscate the truth surrounding the DNC leaks and possible involvement by Seth Rich.”…Citizen Wells

“With the clearly unethical and most likely criminal behavior of the upper management levels of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) exposed by Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee, there are two complementary areas that have been conveniently swept under the rug. The first deals with the murder of the  Democratic National Convention (DNC) staffer Seth Rich, and the second deals with the alleged hacking of the DNC server by Russia.”...Admiral James Lyons

“Assange testimony requested in Rich v Butowsky et al  August 24, 2020”…Citizen Wells

 

This was a head scratcher at first glance.

Perhaps it was an attempt to find a live witness to the drafting of the article attributed to Admiral Lyons?

From Aaron Rich v Ed Butowsky October 9, 2020.

“AFFIDAVIT
Roger Aronoff, being duly sworn, hereby deposes and says:
1. I have been a journalist and filmmaker for the past 50 years.
2. I was the Editor of Accuracy in Media (AIM) from 2010 through 2017.
3. I am currently the Executive Director and Editor of the Citizens Commission on National Security.
4. During the time I worked at AIM, I became friends with Admiral James “Ace” Lyons (ret.)
5. I proofread a number of columns, but certainly not all, for Admiral Lyons, which he would then usually submit to the Washington Times.
6. I was never asked by anyone and I never did write a first draft or any draft of a column for Admiral Lyons, ever at any time. The only thing I did was proofread what he had written. I would correct spelling, grammar and improve sentence structure. If l thought something was factually incorrect, I would correct it. All edits I made in the proofreading process were done by using the Review and Mark-up system that exists in Word. I would send the marked-up version back to Admiral Lyons, and he would take it from there. In most cases he accepted my proofing, but not always.
7. In the case involving the article he wrote about Seth Rich in February or March of 2017, no one asked me to write up a first draft, or any draft, and I am not sure that I did proof it at all. While I have been able to find some of the revised columns that I sent him back, I have been unable to find this one in particular, leading me to question if I ever reviewed it or proofed it at all. It is possible that I did, but if I did, that is all I did. But I have no specific memory of having proofed that particular column.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the forgoing is true to the best of my information, knowledge, and belief.”

https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.194794/gov.uscourts.dcd.194794.273.3.pdf

The article referred to above was from the Washington Times, March 1, 2018 not 2017.

It was retracted by the Times.

“More cover-up questions

The curious murder of Seth Rich poses questions that just won’t stay under the official rug

– – Thursday, March 1, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With the clearly unethical and most likely criminal behavior of the upper management levels of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) exposed by Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Intelligence Committee, there are two complementary areas that have been conveniently swept under the rug.

The first deals with the murder of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich, and the second deals with the alleged hacking of the DNC server by Russia. Both should be of prime interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, but do not hold your breath.

The facts that we know of in the murder of the DNC staffer, Seth Rich, was that he was gunned down blocks from his home on July 10, 2016. Washington Metro police detectives claim that Mr. Rich was a robbery victim, which is strange since after being shot twice in the back, he was still wearing a $2,000 gold necklace and watch. He still had his wallet, key and phone. Clearly, he was not a victim of robbery.

This has all the earmarks of a targeted hit job. However, strangely no one has been charged with this horrific crime, and what is more intriguing is that no law enforcement agency is even investigating this murder. According to other open sources, Metro police were told by their “higher ups” that if they spoke about the case, they will be immediately terminated. It has been claimed that this order came down from very high up the “food chain,” well beyond the D.C. mayor’s office. Interesting.”

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Admiral James A. Lyons, Jr. Obituary:

“Born in New Jersey to James A. and Marion F. Lyons, he entered the United States Naval Academy in June 1948 from the Naval Reserve and graduated with the Class of 1952. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer until his retirement as a four-star admiral and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet on Oct. 1, 1987.

His early years of naval service were with surface combatants where he developed an extraordinary understanding of naval warfare that carried him through a brilliant career. It was also when he met and married Renee Wilcox Chevalier of Washington, D.C., in 1954. She was the love of his life for 64 years.

His early sea assignments included the Sixth Fleet flagship USS Salem (CA 139) and USS Miller (DD 535). Later sea assignments included command of the destroyer USS Charles S. Sperry (DD 967) and guided missile cruiser USS Richmond K. Turner (DLG 20). Intermixed were staff assignments in the Pentagon with the Chief of Naval Operations and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which played a major role in developing the outstanding strategic knowledge that characterized his Navy career. A principal advisor on significant Joint Chiefs of Staff matters, he was key in the development of the Navy Red Cell, an anti-terrorism group comprised of Navy Seals established in response to the 1983 bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut. He was a graduate of both the Naval War College and the National War College and his shore assignments included wide and significant experience in strategic planning and national security affairs.

In July 1981, upon being promoted to the grade of vice admiral, he took command of the U.S. Second Fleet, where he directed and conducted maritime operations throughout the Atlantic. Admiral Lyons showed his bold, aggressive naval strategies during the Cold War with the Soviet Union without firing a shot. He assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in September 1985, upon his promotion to admiral. It was during this time that he led three Pacific Fleet ships on the first U.S. Navy ship visit to the People’s Republic of China in 37 years. Also during this tour, he sent the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), a converted oil tanker, on her inaugural mission to provide humanitarian aide to the Philippines and the South Pacific. He continued his active involvement in Project Hope and other humanitarian organization in the United States and overseas after retirement from the Navy.

Admiral Lyons’ Navy awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Humanitarian Service and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon), the French Legion D’Honneur and the Republic of Korea Order of National Security Merit.

In August 1987, Admiral Lyons retired from the Navy after 36 years of service and began an equally impressive career as President/CEO of LION Associates LLC, a premier global consulting company providing National Security advice. He was Chairman of the Center for Security Policy’s Military Committee and the senior member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi. He served on the Advisory Board to the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was a consultant to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on issues of counterterrorism. He recently received an IMPACT Award, which honors unsung Leaders Defending Liberty and specifically his profound impact on this country’s liberty and freedom. His actions were driven by a profound desire to do what was right for our country and civilization.”

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Assange Extradition Case, “Why’s MSM Largely Ignoring It?”, ANSWER SIMPLE: Assange destroyed their Russian DNC hack narrative, Knows who leaked

Assange Extradition Case, “Why’s MSM Largely Ignoring It?”, ANSWER SIMPLE: Assange destroyed their Russian DNC hack narrative, Knows who leaked

“Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”…George Orwell

“Not every item of news should be published: rather must
those who control news policies endeavor to make every item
of news serve a certain purpose.”… Joseph Goebbels

“We are being lied to on a scale unimaginable by George Orwell.”…Citizen Wells

 

Hillary Clinton, the DNC, the deep state with the help of the Obama Administration and MSM created and perpetuated the narrative of the Russians hacking the DNC data and colluding with the Trump associates.

We now know that as a confirmed fact.

From the get go, Julian Assange stated that it was not the Russians.

And he knows.

Journalist Ellen Ratner met with him in 2016 and he allegedly told her it was an insider.

Ellen Ratner allegedly told Ed Butowsky it was Seth Rich.

From the first sentence in the article below:

“The silence of journalists in Britain and the US over the extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is making them complicit in the criminalisation of newsgathering by the American government.”

The MSM has been and continues to be complicit in the “criminalisation of newsgathering .”

From Counter Punch October 6, 2020.

“The Assange Extradition Case is an Unprecedented Attack on Press Freedom, So Why’s the Media Largely Ignoring It?”

“Journalism is all about disclosing important news to people so they can judge what is happening in the world – and the actions of their government in particular. The WikiLeaks disclosures in 2010 only differed from other great journalistic scoops in that they were bigger – 251,287 diplomatic cables, more than 400,000 classified army reports from the Iraq War and 90,000 from the Afghan War – and they were more important. [Full disclosure: I gave a statement read out in court this week seeking to explain the significance of the Wikileaks revelations.]

Astonishingly, British and American commentators are in a state of denial when it comes to seeing that what happens to Assange could happen to them. They argue bizarrely that he is not a journalist, though the Trump administration implicitly accepts that he is one, since it is pursuing him for journalistic activities. The motive is openly political, one of the absurdities of the hearing being the pretence that Trump-appointed officials provide a reliable and objective guide to the threat to the US posed by the WikiLeaks revelations.

Why has the British media been so mute about the grim precedent being established for themselves, were they to investigate the doings of a US government that makes no secret of its hostility to critical journalism. Ten years ago, The New York TimesThe GuardianLe MondeDer Spiegel, and El Pais published extracts from the WikiLeak documents on their front pages for days on end, but they long ago distanced themselves from its founder. Yet, however much they may wish the contrary, their future is wrapped up in his fate.”

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https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/10/06/the-assange-extradition-case-is-an-unprecedented-attack-on-press-freedom-so-whys-the-media-largely-ignoring-it/

 

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